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Open Access ‘Ik heb spontaan gereageerd en gedaan wat ik dacht dat goed was.’ : Pedagogische ervaringen van leraren in het middelbaar beroepsonderwijs

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’I acted spontaneously and did what I thought was right.’ Pedagogical experiences of teachers in vocational education

What is it like to teach at a vocational school? What are the pedagogical challenges for teachers who are responsible for vocational training for young people? Since September 2015, the Research Center Urban Talent of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences has conducted field research at six different schools of vocational education. As a member of the center’s research staff, I conducted a series of conversations with a team of vocational teachers at each school between September 2015 and July 2018.

This paper offers an account of this field research. The research focused on the pedagogical experiences of vocational teachers and aimed to get the teachers to articulate their experiences and to investigate their meanings. The approach was phenomenological. The teachers were encouraged to share and reflect on their experiences. The paper continues with a phenomenological analysis of several topics that were discussed in the conversation with the teachers. It ends with a plea for phenomenological research in education.

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Keywords: pedagogical experiences; pedagogy; phenomenological research; vocational education

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2019

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  • Het tijdschrift Pedagogiek stelt zich ten doel de wetenschappelijke discussie over opvoeding, onderwijs en vorming binnen het Nederlands taalgebied (Nederland en Vlaanderen) te stimuleren en te ondersteunen. Pedagogiek beoogt naast een bijdrage aan het wetenschappelijke debat ook de maatschappelijke discussie op de terreinen van opvoeding, onderwijs en vorming te bevorderen. Bijdragen zullen dan ook uitdrukkelijk worden beoordeeld op zowel hun wetenschappelijke als maatschappelijke relevantie. Pedagogiek biedt: (1) wetenschappelijke verslagen van empirisch, theoretisch en historisch onderzoek op het gebied van opvoeding, onderwijs en vorming, alsmede review studies op onderhavige terreinen; (2) opiniërende bijdragen van wetenschappelijk niveau (Forumbijdragen); (3) boekbesprekingen.

    The journal Pedagogiek (Pedagogy) aims to stimulate and support the scholarly discourse on child rearing, education and training within the Dutch language area (The Netherlands and the Flemish region). Pedagogiek strives to contribute to the scholarly debate, but also desires to boost the public debate on the subject of child rearing, education and training. Therefore, contributions will be judged explicitly on both their scholarly merit and their social relevance. Pedagogiek offers: (1) scholarly articles reporting on empirical, theoretical and historical research in the field of child rearing, education and training, and review studies in the same field; (2) opinion pieces on a scholarly level (panel discussions); (3) book reviews.

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